By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA — October wasn’t exactly the greatest month for the Boston Bruins, who posted a [3-7] record.
However, on the first day of November, the men dressed in black and yellow turned the page, and ended their three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory against the Ottawa Senators, as well as their fourth win of the season.
“I think we were trying to maintain that 60-minute focus in our game,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I think everybody was on the same page tonight as far as, don’t hang your heads, let’s go out there, let’s get the next goal, and let’s find a way to win this game.”
“I think overall we battled hard,” said Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. “Give [Boston] credit, their PK [penalty kill] was good. Overall we battled to make it 3-3 and we were in the game and we just couldn’t seem to stick with it and find a way to get a point.”
Ottawa set the tone early by scoring twice on nine-shots in the first period, thanks to Nick Foligno, (one goal, two assists) and Stephane Da Costa, while Boston countered with Milan Lucic on the team’s second power play of the game before Patrice Bergeron, (three goals, two assists in his last five games), added the Bruins second goal early in the middle period. Then, after Bergeron re-energized the TD Garden crowd, Chris Kelly, (one goal, one assist) rifled the puck past Craig Anderson 14-minutes later, and gave the Bruins a one-goal advantage heading into the second intermission.
“[Rich] Peverley entered the zone with a lot of speed and everyone was pretty much concentrated on him because he was moving so fast, and I just tried to find the high slot there and it was a great job by Jordan [Caron] to be at the net there,” said Kelly, when asked to describe his goal.
Jared Cowen kicked-off the final period with his Ottawa’s final score of the evening, as he pushed the puck past Tim Thomas to tie the game before Boston rebounded once again, and netted two goals in a span of 37-seconds. Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille not only gave the Bruins their largest lead of the game, but also recorded their first goals of the season, and officially ended any possible comeback by the Senators.
“Getting that first one by you and now you don’t have to worry about it. I think last year it took me until January, so I feel a little bit better,” said Boychuck.
Obviously, the Bruins have struggled this season, but earning a win against a Senators team that entered Tuesday’s affair atop the Northeast Division might give Boston some confidence, especially against Toronto on Saturday.
“Hopefully we can build off this and have a couple good practices before we go into Toronto,” said Kelly.